Follow These 6 Tips to Find your Perfect Neighborhood

Follow These 6 Tips to Find your Perfect Neighborhood

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 08/17/22

As exciting as a big life change can be, something like moving can also have a lot of serious concerns to think about. You want to be able to enjoy your new living situation as much as possible, so you need to research and prepare yourself as much as possible. Take San Francisco homes for example. Between the commute, amenities of interest, and a large pool of real estate professionals, picking the best neighborhood can be hard. With this list, though, you should be able to choose your dream home and location.

Organize Your Priorities


When you start your journey searching for luxury homes for sale in San Francisco, you have to sit down and order amenities from vital to cool features. This includes components like fun spa bathrooms, Zoom rooms or bonus rooms and the world around your new home.

Starting with your neighborhood itself, sit down and decide if you prefer San Francisco homes to be quiet or ones with a very active nightlife. Do you want a great commute or a property closer to the best schools in the city? Ranking these kinds of concerns can help narrow down the locations you might be most interested in. For example, families who want quieter neighborhoods and good schools should prefer neighborhoods like Bernal Heights, Inner Sunset, NOPA, Marina District, Noe Valley, and Pacific Heights.

Inside your home, your wants and needs lists should get even more detailed. If you want to know what other buyers are looking for, many of them prioritize things like an updated kitchen, a garage, bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a large backyard with living space. While they aren’t as practical as say, your need for extra bedrooms for your impending baby (that should end up on the top of your list), they are functional features that improve your life in a luxury home. Favor these functional upgrades over fun whims like pools or game rooms. Though those are fun and you should look for them, don’t pick a jacuzzi tub over a necessity like increased storage space.

Visit Locations of Interest


While in the thick of house-hunting, you should also visit the neighborhoods you’re interested in. And no, not just when you go on house tours for San Francisco homes. You should try to get a real taste of what’d it be like to live there.

For example, drive a trial run of your commute. It might seem easy on paper but you could find out that it includes one of the hardest, steepest roads to drive and you might not be comfortable doing that daily. Also, taking a day trip and exploring the area could help you find your possible future coffee shop, favorite eatery, or your go-to shop. Another great way to learn about the area is by talking to neighbors you see or joining local Facebook groups so you know what the community is like. Your agent is also an excellent resource for neighborhood insider tips.

San Francisco Neighborhoods


At the end of the day, when looking at neighborhoods, it all comes down to each area’s flair, amenities, communities, and home styles. So, while looking at luxury homes for sale in san Francisco, you should check out the top neighborhoods and what is so great about them.

San Francisco, unsurprisingly, is one of the best places in the county for young professionals, but there are benefits to each neighborhood. Take Mountain View versus Embarcadero AKA The Financial District. Both are wonderful for young career-people, but the Financial District is better for high-rise living, being in the center of it all, nightlife,  and, of course, the views. The tech worker wants to be close to the “tech bus stops” and easy freeway access or CALtrain. Meanwhile, Mountainview has less stunning views but more opportunities for engineers and programmers to live very close to work in the heart of the tech mecca, Silicon Valley. The Marina District, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, and Russian Hill are also other great spots for people looking for an authentic, classic San Francisco experience.

College students will love Mission District: young families will love the  Inner Sunset, Forest Knolls, and Golden Gate Heights. Communters will adore Glen Park, NOPA,  and Noe Valley. All of it depends on what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for in San Francisco homes.

Home Affordability

Going into your neighborhood exploration, you need to know what kind of money you’re willing to spend on your luxury home. While the pricing is already high, do you want to spend more money on the perfect, sprawling home and haven? Or would you rather buy a more affordable home and spend more money on San Francisco’s art scene or great restaurants? Even travel a lot?

For great homes that will give you financial flexibility, look in places like Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Noe Valley, Outer Richmond, or Outer Sunset. However, if you want the top-of-the-line luxury homes for sale in San Francisco, you have options. The three most luxe homes with prices from $2.7 million to $4.9 million are Haight-Ashbury, Seacliff, Pacific Heights Presideo and Presidio Heights.

Know the Downsides, Too

It’s easy to shop neighborhoods for their benefits because they’re flashy and exciting. But for every great neighborhood, you should also check out the possible downsides. Some of them are simple, like checking out noise pollution, sidewalk disrepair, and littering.

Also, when it comes to San Francisco homes, in particular, you should check out the roads in your neighborhoods. If you don’t feel as comfortable with rough roads, you might want to live in a neighborhood that’s easy to drive through.

Work With a Professional

However, if all this research seems a little intimidating, you can get help from great local real estate agents. When it comes to luxury homes for sale in San Francisco, they know everything about the area, are savvy about the local ordinances and contracts, and will help you figure out what neighborhoods are best for you. With 87% of 2021 buyers hiring an agent or broker to help them out, you’re getting the kind of professional assistance you deserve.



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